Oliver-Pyatt Centers Primary Therapist Lisa Jimenez, MS incorporates both her clinical and art background into her work with clients in group and individual therapy. Learn more about Lisa and her work at Oliver-Pyatt Centers in this week’s “Meet Our Team” article.
What is your name and what are your credentials?
My name is Lisa Jimenez and I am a Primary Therapist working at the Oliver Pyatt Centers. I am completing my hours for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor and have been with OPC for 2 years.
Please give us a brief description of your background.
A Miami native, I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Psychology and Studio Art. I continued my education at the university pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. While there, I worked with children and families at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling. Additionally, I completed hours at the Family Resource Center working in an outpatient substance abuse program with court mandated individuals. Here at OPC, I am able to incorporate both my clinical and art background into my “Express Yourself” groups and individual sessions. I am also a co-facilitator of OPC’s Embrace programing which is an adjunct service offered to clients with binge eating as their primary diagnosis.
What does a typical day look like for you at OPC?
My days at OPC are usually filled with individual sessions, groups and a good amount of leg work including documentation, and serving as an advocate for continued insurance coverage. Between scheduled hours you’ll likely find me chatting with other staff members or touching base about clients and pressing issues. It is truly a team effort at OPC.
In your own words, please describe the philosophy of OPC.
At OPC, we work as a team to create a safe, recovery-oriented space, where we get to know each woman on a personal level. By understanding their specific struggles, this allows us to individualize the treatment process and support them throughout their time with us. By working collaboratively as a team to be thoughtful in our feedback and recommendations, we believe full recovery is possible. All women deserve to be at peace with food, their bodies, and themselves.
How does your team work together? How do your roles overlap and differ?
In IOP, we are constantly bouncing ideas off of one another. We meet twice weekly as a team to review client progress and to discuss how we are moving forward with their treatment. Although we each have our own unique roles, often times there is overlap. Useful information may come out of a group or meal setting which can later be processed with their individual therapist in session.
What is your favorite thing about OPC?
My favorite thing about OPC is the deep-seated passion that is evident in all of our staff. Helping women navigate through the recovery process can be some tough, however rewarding work. The OPC staff, across all houses, are relentless in helping these women regain control of their lives.
What are three facts about you that people do not know?
I have a spoon collection that I started in elementary school. My dog is named after a favorite childhood restaurant where I had many fond memories. And I really like gnomes.